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$100 Room Challenge Week 2 – transforming my breakfast nook

It’s week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge and I am transforming my breakfast nook!  I forgot to mention last week that this is my first time participating.  Erin over at Lemons, Lavender and Laundry started this challenge a couple years ago.  It’s a great way to challenge yourself to redo a room on a serious budget.  I have also really enjoyed taking a look at what all the other participants are doing.  There are some seriously cool projects going on and you can check them out too by clicking the links at the bottom of this post.  For the full description of what my plan of action is to turn my boring kitchen eat in area (aka breakfast nook) into a cool industrial space with a coffee bar then click here.

I got all excited to go shopping for materials but in week 2 I encountered some obstacles. .  I needed a 1×12 cut into 3 pieces, basically 4 foot lengths.  It is so cool that they will do this at the store for you!!!  Then I trotted on over to the plumbing department.  I finally found the pipes and flanges and my eyes about popped out of my head!  I needed 8 pipes and 16 flanges….they were all well over $4 a piece!  Well, not all that costly when you need one but when you need about 24 pieces holy cow!  That was totally going to break my budget.  😥

 

So I picked up my 3 boards, which I had to buy because I already had them cut, and headed to the check out.  Totally defeated.  I got home and immediately got on my iPad and searched for other options, I searched for other materials to use, and for pipes and flanges at other stores.  Here is what I found, the other options for braces aren’t nearly as cool as the plumbing pipe.  UGH!

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When looking for flanges on other sites I found that there were different types!  So back to the Home Depot site I found that they have some with 2 in a package for the same price as the one I saw at the store!  BINGO!  The only problem was they were not in stock anywhere in my vicinity.  Then I checked the website at Menards and found some for similar price and they are having an 11% rebate sale!!!!!

 

Finally, I am so happy that I have figured it out.  I was so upset and now I have a renewed excitement.

 

As far as the boards I brought home I managed to get them sanded and stained and am in the process of getting polyurethane on them.  Here are some pictures.  It was a gorgeous day when I did it.

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$100 Room Challenge

 

$100 Room Challenge

 

$100 Room Challenge

Please don’t stop here…..click one of the links below and check out some of the other renovations.  I promise, you won’t regret checking out these amazing ladies!

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12 thoughts on “$100 Room Challenge Week 2 – transforming my breakfast nook

  1. Oh Wendy! I can just imagine how bummed you were to see how expensive the materials are! But I’m so glad you found an alternative. And your boards look gorgeous – what color stain did you use? I can’t wait to see your breakfast nook!!!

  2. I feel you on this. I made a pipe leg bench last year and I was SHOCKED at how much all the pipey bits cost. I saved $ by going with a less expensive material (they have a few choices in pipe materials) and also by choosing smaller (1/2″ instead of 3/4″) pieces.

  3. Don’t you hate it when you are envisioning something and then you’re smacked back to reality because you have a budget?! lol. I’m glad you found an alternative and I’m sure it’s going to look just as nice! Loving the wood stain color by the way! It’s going to look amazing, can’t wait to see it all pulled together!

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